Intensive Family Support Service / Recovery Practitioner REF: WHALE

Contract type
879 days ago


Job Title: Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) / Recovery Practitioner

Location: Bedfordshire

Salary: £20,013 - £27,593 per annum

Closing Date: Sunday 16th December 2012

Please note that due to the Christmas holiday period, successful shortlisted candidates will be contacted in the New Year with interview details.


An exciting opportunity to deliver a dual role working with the IFSS and the Partnership team delivering a range of services including intensive, time limited interventions to high risk, vulnerable families with multiple and complex needs including drug and alcohol. The role will also establish and maintain easily accessible referral pathways with adult and young people drug and alcohol services within Bedford Borough.

You will also be delivering a range of recovery focussed open access and specialist services to residents of Bedfordshire including advice, information, comprehensive assessments and recovery plans to people who experience difficulties with alcohol and/or drugs.

Main tasks:

1. To act as the main key worker for the service user and other involved professionals and agencies involved with the IFSS Team.
2. To deliver structured support and interventions with identified families who are experiencing issues with drugs and alcohol as designated by the appropriate planning meeting.
3. To signpost and refer children, young people and families to adult and young people treatment services where appropriate.
4. To understand, assess and support the needs of children, young people and families affected by drug and alcohol issues.
5. To develop relationships and communicate appropriately with children, young people and family`s affected by drug and alcohol issues.
6. To work on a rota basis as part of a duty team providing information and advice to:
a. people experiencing their own difficulties with drugs and alcohol use
b. partners and other family members affected by other peoples use
c. professionals
7. To support the maintenance of systems for Partnership and the IFSS statistical collation.
8. To maintain robust records of contacts, caseload and actions in line with the client and the IFSS policies and procedures.
9. To work flexibly across the county of Bedfordshire, including weekend and evening work.
10. To actively promote children, young people and families rights and responsibilities, equalities and diversity in line with the client and partner policies and procedures.
11. To take responsibility for professional development and updating knowledge including undertaking training to enable co-delivery of accredited parenting programmes.
12. To provide a triage/intervention to ensure clients are appropriately referred into services.
13. To complete comprehensive assessments and relevant risk assessments.
14. To be responsible for maintaining a caseload and undertake a variety of case management responsibilities, supporting clients throughout their treatment journey and providing structured key working to those engagement in the Beds treatment system.
15. Develop, implement and review recovery plans with individuals.
16. To liaise closely with the full range of services within the hub and local community
17. To facilitate access for family members, partners and carers to self help and support groups within the hubs and ensure a coordinated approach to working with individuals affected by client`s substance misuse.
18. To be willing to engage in continuous professional development.
19. To act as a member of the wider Partnership team to participate where appropriate in training/presentation events, team meetings and agency days.
20. To take personal responsibility to keep your knowledge up to date and to reflect on and evaluate your own values in the development of your practice.
21. To be actively aware of possible significant risks in the workplace and know how to identify and deal with appropriately in line with the p

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